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5 things to watch for on SmackDown Live 10-31

Daniel Bryan enters the ring during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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The road to Survivor Series continues tonight for the blue brand, as they have the Raw brand scrambling to figure things out. As for this show, Shane McMahon will find out which SmackDown Live superstars will be representing the blue show in a couple of weeks.

Here are five things to watch for on tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live.

The next two members of team SD

Last Tuesday, Randy Orton claimed the first spot on the SmackDown Live men’s Survivor Series team. Tonight, two more spots will be set in stone. Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler will reignite their rivalry over a spot on the team, in a 2-out-of-3 falls match. This should provide the perfect closure to this feud, with Roode getting the upper hand and premium spot on the Big 4 pay-per-view.

Then, Shinsuke Nakamura takes on Kevin Owens. KO’s best friend Sami Zayn fell short in his attempt at being a part of team SD, but Owens gets his opportunity tonight. With the way they are painting this story, Owens should be on the losing end, giving Nakamura a spot on the team. That will leave both KO and Zayn off the show; at least that is what they want us to think.

Styles’ pursuit of the gold

It appears that losing your rematch for the United States Championship gets you thrown right to the front of the line for the WWE Championship. The Phenomenal AJ Styles finds himself right in the thick of it with Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers, with tonight being his second singles match against one of the brothers. This feels like it is going to escalate to a handicap match, as a time-wasting device to buy SD Live time until Clash of Champions in December.

Whatever the case may be, Mahal is spending a little bit too much time focusing on Styles with a match against Brock Lesnar right around the corner.

Daniel Bryan vs. Shane McMahon

Bryan made a surprise appearance on Monday Night Raw last night trying to let Kurt Angle know that he had nothing to do with the invasion. Angle wasn’t in the mood to believe Bryan but offered to protect him because the Raw locker room was ready to pounce. Bryan ended up locked inside the GM’s office, only for the lights to go out. The SmackDown general manager’s former tag team partner appeared to attack him and forced Bryan to leave Raw on a stretcher.

Tonight, it will be interesting to see if Shane McMahon comes to the defense of his GM, or blames him for going over there and trying to play peace-keeper. With an ongoing storyline developing between Bryan and McMahon, this is sure to add another wrinkle.

The Fashion Files 

On a regular basis, the Fashion Files are must-see TV. It’s funny, it tells a story, and it has made us all enjoy the Ascension. It should win all the major awards it can. Add in the fact that tonight is Halloween, and there is sure to be some spooky elements added in this week (it has a Stranger Things theme).

Baron Corbin

The record books show that Sin Cara has two straight victories over the United States Champion Baron Corbin. They were via count out and disqualification, but they are still wins. So that should mean Sin Cara gets a U.S. Title match, only to get absolutely destroyed by Corbin.

This is WWE’s way of buying time for Corbin until his match against The Miz at Survivor Series. What they do with Corbin after the PPV is still to be seen but they could plant the seeds for that starting tonight.

Chris is a recent graduate of Arizona State University, where he majored in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has covered spring training, the Super Bowl, WWE and the MLB for a variety of websites in the past.

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